The downside to being a person who finds most of his possessions in the street, the dumpster, the thrift store, or the flea market, is that when you actually have to buy something new in a store, you can experience sticker shock.
I've been reorganizing lately -- or trying to -- and after debating the pros and cons of buying more storage containers, and making not one but two trips to The Container Store today, I decided I needed to bite the bullet. The kind I bought are pretty big -- 15.5 gallons -- and can hold a lot of fabric. I can't tell you how many of these I've found in the trash or at Goodwill, but right now I can't be walking the streets in hopes I stumble upon some. But would you believe these cost $14.99 each?! Is it me or is that a lot of money for an empty plastic box with a lid?
The alternative was to weed through my fabric stash so I wouldn't need more containers; I tried that. There wasn't much I wanted to get rid of. And some fabrics -- fleece, terry cloth -- simply do not compress much. I have a lot of stuff sitting in plastic bags that needs to be in a storage box. Boxes are much easier to keep dust-free, and since they're clear, you can see what's in them without having to label them.
You may notice that these have been "themed" for Halloween -- hence the
orange lids and Halloween labels. I only bought them because they were the cheapest ones I
could find at that size, but come on. Next I want to organize my stash better, so all the cottons are in one box, the wools in another, the sheets/muslin fabrics in another, etc.
The problem with buying more storage boxes in that they're going to get filled, at which point I'm going to feel like I need even more. I'm hoping to avoid that, however. At a certain point (when they're stacked to the ceiling?), there's simply no more room in the apartment.
Here's some stuff I threw out today:
These cheapie heels threatened to turn Cathy's toes into hamburger; a bad thrift store purchase (Note to self: avoid second-hand Payless).
Another foot-unfriendly discard -- we've upgraded.
I finally threw out the pair of shorts (formerly long pants I'd made myself) that I wore nearly every day this summer. As you can see -- and I mean SEE -- it was time.
In my stash I dug out this forgotten piece of vintage plaid wool an MPB reader sent me years ago. It would be great for a 40's style men's shirt -- or maybe another WWII-era jumper!
It is a good idea to root through one's stash occasionally, no?
In closing, friends, it may be time to resurrect "The Daily Ditch." With our imminent Halloween Sew-Along, there's going to be a lot of stuff coming in, and I must make room for it all.
1) Do you think $14.99 is a lot for a plastic storage container? What's the alternative? I don't have room for a piece of furniture and at least these are clear and flexible, i.e., they can hold fabric and lots of other things.
2) Do you ever reach a point where you can't create another thing until you clean up the mess around you? I've reached that point.
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!